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Jeep Compass Vs Toyota Fortuner: Specifications and Features Comparison

Modified On Jul 10, 2018 07:19 PM By CarDekho for Jeep Compass

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Both the SUVs are offered with petrol and diesel engines with the option of four-wheel-drive with the diesel only

The Jeep Compass and Toyota Fortuner are the two titans of midsize and full-size SUV segments, respectively. Both the SUVs are bestsellers in their respective spaces. But how do they stack up against each other on paper? 

Jeep Compass vs Toyota Fortuner

Which is bigger?

Dimensions

Jeep Compass

Toyota Fortuner

Length

4,395mm

4,795mm

Width

1,818mm

1,855mm

Height

1,640mm

1,835mm

Wheelbase

2,636mm

2,745mm

Ground Clearance

178mm

184mm

Kerb Weight

Up to 1,641kg

Up to 2,140 kg

Takeaway: Clearly, the Toyota Fortuner towers over the Jeep Compass. It’s the bigger SUV and belongs to a segment above the Compass’. The Fortuner can also seat seven, while the Compass is a 5-seater. The Compass, however, has good road presence if you compare it against its natural rivals like the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V.

Jeep Compass

The Fortuner’s higher ground clearance puts it at an advantage off road; the Compass sits 6mm lower, which is adequate over bumps in cities but you'll need to be careful not to scrape the underbelly off-road.

Toyota Fortuner

Mechanicals

Specifications (Petrol)

Jeep Compass

Toyota Fortuner

Engine

1.4-litre Turbo

2.7-litre Naturally Aspirated

Displacement

1,368cc

2,694cc

Power

163PS

166PS

Torque

250Nm

245Nm

Transmission

6-speed MT/ 7-speed AT (dual-clutch)

5-speed MT/ 6-speed AT (paddle shifters)

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel-Drive

Rear-Wheel-Drive

Specifications (Diesel)

Jeep Compass

Toyota Fortuner

Engine

2.0-litre  

2.8-litre

Displacement

1,956cc

2,755cc

Power

173PS

177PS

Torque

350Nm

420Nm (MT)/ 450Nm (AT)

Transmission

6-speed MT

6-speed MT/ AT (paddle shifters)

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel-Drive/ All-Wheel-Drive

Rear-Wheel-Drive/ Four-Wheel-Drive

Takeaway: Whether petrol or diesel, the Fortuner’s engine is bigger than the Compass’. It’s also more than 500kg heavier. But compare the output of the Compass’ relatively smaller 1.4-litre petrol engine against the Fortuner’s mammoth 2.7-litre unit, and you’ll realise the power of a turbocharger. Talk of outright power and the Compass’ petrol engine is only 3PS short of the Fortuner’s. Not impressed? Consider the engine’s pulling power (torque) and the 1.4-litre engine makes 5Nm more than the Toyota’s 2.7-litre unit! Considering its lower weight and monocoque architecture, the Compass petrol is likely to be the more agile SUV out of the two.

Toyota Fortuner

The Jeep puts up a strong show with its 2.0-litre diesel engine as well, which is only 4PS short of the Fortuner’s 2.8-litre, 177PS unit. But the bigger displacement of the Fortuner’s diesel engine means that it’s more torquey, by 70Nm to be precise. But consider power to weight ratios and the Compass comes out on top.

Jeep Compass Petrol Automatic

More Differences

  Jeep Compass Toyota Fortuner

Segment

Midsize SUV

Full-size SUV

Asking price

The Jeep Compass is priced in the range of Rs 15.16 lakh - Rs 21.91 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The difference between the base petrol models of the Compass and the Fortuner is a whopping Rs 11 lakh!

The Toyota Fortuner is priced in the range of Rs 26.30 lakh - Rs 31.99 lakh.

Chief Rivals

The Jeep Compass primarily goes up against SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V and the upcoming Skoda Karoq.

The Toyota Fortuner competes with SUVs such as the Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Isuzu MU-X.

Construction

The Compass features a monocoque construction, wherein the platform and the body are a single unit. A vehicle with monocoque construction generally exhibits better high-speed manners compared to ladder-frame vehicles.

Like the previous one, the second-gen Fortuner is also based on a body-on-frame construction. In this, the Fortuner’s body has been bolted to a ladder frame chassis. Vehicles with such a construction are often more capable off roaders compared to those with monocoque construction.

Weight

Thanks to its car-like construction, the Jeep is almost 500kg lighter than the Toyota.

The Fortuner weighs over 2 tonnes!

Drivetrain

The Compass features an all-wheel-drive setup with its top-spec diesel manual, while primarily it is a front-wheel-drive SUV. So its driving dynamics are more car-like compared to the Fortuner, which is a RWD.

The Fortuner too features four-wheel-drive option with its diesel, but with an automatic transmission as well. It is primarily a rear-wheel-drive SUV.

Driving modes

The AWD model of the Compass comes with off-road modes: Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud.

The Fortuner 4x4 gets 4WD high and 4WD low modes. Low ratio mode allows the Fortuner to be more capable off the road than the Compass.

Seating

The Jeep Compass is a five-seater.

The Toyota Fortuner is a seven-seater.

FeaturesCheck out: Toyota Fortuner vs Ford Endeavour: Comparison Review

  Jeep Compass Toyota Fortuner

Audio

A 7-inch unit with Android Auto (navigation based on Google Maps) and Apple CarPlay, coupled to a six-speaker system.  

A 7-inch unit with built-in navigation, coupled to a six-speaker system.  

Safety

Standard equipment: electronic parking brake, dual front airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, ABS + EBD, electronic roll mitigation, Isofix child seat mounts and hill start assist.

AWD variant: Six airbags.  

Standard equipment: Seven airbags (knee airbag extra over the Compass AWD), ABS + EBD, Isofix child seat anchors.

All variants except 2WD MT: vehicle stability control with brake assist, traction control, hill start assist and downhill assist control (only 4x4).

Lights

Optional Bi-xenon projector headlamps. Standard daytime running lights (halogen). Tail lamps with LED inserts

Standard LED projector headlamps with LED fog lamps and LED daytime running lights. Tail lamps with LED inserts

Tyres

Up to 225/60 R17 silver alloys

Up to 265/60 R18 machined alloys

Frankly, there’s no match between the two SUVs as both of them belong to different segments and are separated by a huge price gap. The Fortuner caters to a different need-set compared to the Compass as it’s a 7-seater SUV while the Compass is a 5-seater. The Fortuner should also be more off-road friendly given that it gets a low ratio option as well. But if all you need is a more compact SUV for urban use with light off roading capability, then the Compass would be a better fit. And while the Toyota's road presence and reliability make it the favourite among builders, politicians and the ilk, the Jeep's iconic status gives it an appeal that’s hard to resist. 

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Jeep Compass

Rs.15.4 - 22.9 Lakh* Get On Road Price
Petrol16.0 kmpl
Diesel17.1 kmpl
TransmissionManual/Automatic
*Ex-showroom Price in New Delhi
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